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  • In Memory of Juliano Mer Khamisفي ذكرى جوليانو مير خميس | The Freedom Theatre
    in Jenin Refugee Camp into Jenin city in a symbolic funeral for Juliano This event is to remember a father teacher and leader A tribute to his brave struggle for art freedom dignity and equality whose pure deeds and invaluable creativity in our society affected everybody who knew him or even of him Murdered the leader thinker fighter Juliano Mer Khamis Director of The Freedom Theatre Jenin Refugee Camp Occupied Territories of the West Bank Palestine On the 4th of April 2011 at 16 00 outside the entrance to The Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp a traitor s hand shot and killed the Palestinian thinker Juliano Mer Khamis whilst he was driving home with his baby son and babysitter Juliano was shot in his head and died in a few instants the remains of the bullet lodged in the babysitters arm Juliano Mer Khamis actor director filmmaker and cultural activist son of Arna Mer and Saliba Khamis was one of the founders of The Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp in 2006 All his life Juliano longed to fight against occupation using the arts as a model of social change The people in the camp condemn what happened and

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  • Murdered: Juliano Mer-Khamisقتل: جوليانو مير خميس | The Freedom Theatre
    SUPPORTERS France Germany Portugal Scotland Sweden UK USA Supporters عربي Home News Murdered Juliano Mer Khamisقتل جوليانو مير خميس Murdered Juliano Mer Khamisقتل جوليانو مير خميس On Tuesday 4th April 2011 our friend teacher and leader Juliano Mer Khamis was murdered by an unknown enemy of freedom and culture All of us at The Freedom Theatre would like to express our deep condolences to the family of Juliano in this devastating time Juliano was a loving father and husband an inspirational teacher and leader and a friend to many Just as The Freedom Theatre was built on the inspiration and legacy of Arna his mother so will its future work be built on the legacy of Juliano It will carry on his message to promote freedom not only for a nation but for each human being We are mourning but we will continue our resistance through art continue our struggle continue to do our better than best As Juliano would say The Revolution must go on Please support us in our continuing struggle for freedom and justice The Freedom Theatre staff and students 2011 04 04 Johanna Share tweet Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be

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  • Alice in Dangerland | The Freedom Theatre
    must realize their capacity to enact their own revolution against the dictatorship of the Red Queen The production both questions the logic of Alice s potential marriage and provokes the population to rise against the oppressor To accomplish these two overarching purposes Mer Khamis presents an Alice who struggles to actualize her agency and a population constantly in fear of the possibility of being executed and remade into hats The director pushes the boundaries of safety throughout the eighty minute production by creating a seemingly unsafe environment where Alice swings in the air and the caterpillar slides expertly on aerial silk The stage speedily revolves numerous times making loud noises like an out of control train Stage fights at times appear to be physically painful to the actors At the same time this re imagined wonderland oozes with sensuality bright colours singing actors and cha cha cha The highly physicalized characters fill the stage in an overwhelming combination which tackles the senses and creates a kinesthetic response in the viewing audience Ultimately the production manifests Wonderland as a nightmarish reality contradicting traditional understanding of the Carroll classic Carroll s tale ends with Alice running off to tea as her older sister imagines Alice s growth into womanhood and old age Jenin s Alice having just witnessed a revolution concludes her journey by refusing to marry and a promise to live out her life This powerful production is conceptually bold and visually stimulating It succeeds at communicating its message of a people s revolution yet there is a palpable tension between its narrative and its aesthetic Alice s antagonist is the sensual red queen of hearts who represents both the tyranny of the oppressor and the master of a world of desire The queen dances in high heels sings about love straddles poles and swings down rails By giving the dictator a taste of her own medicine the people of Wonderland turn this sensual creature into a hat One must ask whether Mer Khamis s choice to create this sensual wonderland agrees with his purpose of encouraging both personal and national liberation If it does then we must also ask Are the oppressors in this production the Israeli occupiers the camp s traditionalists or both The play begins and ends with the marriage story signaling a clear intention to tackle the issue of Alice s right to free choice meanwhile the chaotic Wonderland combines a vision of an existing violent occupation and an active world of forbidden desire The givens of the production suggest that Alice must imagine a people s revolution in her dreams and exercise the right to choose in real life The production exposes the theatre s unavoidable identity crisis giving every part of it makers space on the stage Located in the Jenin refugee camp the Freedom Theatre s stage space can be likened to a thoroughly European avant guard black box theatre It operates with multiple Western and Arab funding sources a clear tilt towards a

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  • Jenin’s ‘Alice’ plays to packed audiences | The Freedom Theatre
    journeys through that world she begins to grow up and learn how to make her own choices She comes back to reality a stronger person said Lafferty Alice said Mer Khamis gives you a lot of freedom of expression It s Wonderland there are no rules you don t have to be restricted to a certain narrative Under the pretext of Alice we succeeded in tackling and challenging aspects of our society such as freedom of movement and expression and women s rights The production includes acrobatics a revolving stage and advanced lighting which have delighted audiences Lafferty said This version of Alice is based on improvisation the actors had a huge role in developing characters and building the play Each performance so far has played to capacity audiences with people being turned away at the door This Saturday there is a special production for Israeli Arabs coming from cities such as Haifa Jaffa and Acre The Freedom Theatre is the only professional arts centre in the northern West Bank It grew out of the Stone Theatre established by Mer Khamis s Jewish mother Arna his father was Palestinian which was destroyed during the Israeli military incursion into Jenin in 2002 The Freedom Theatre opened in 2006 The aim according to its website was to empower and give voice to the children of Jenin refugee camp by developing their self knowledge confidence and powers of expression The theatre and the city s cinema which opened last August also provide some respite from the daily grind of life in West Bank cities in the form of culture and entertainment Much of Jenin was reduced to rubble during the 2002 incursion in which 53 Palestinians and more than 20 Israeli soldiers were killed The IDF was intent on rooting out militants who

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  • Wonderland in Jenin!العجائب في جنين | The Freedom Theatre
    This our largest production to date is not only a theatre performance but it combines dance music flying actors special light effects and magical costumes to make it a fantastic and colourful experience for children as well as the rest of the family The play is an adaptation of the famous novel Alice s Adventures in Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll in 1865 It tells the story of a young girl whose curiosity causes her to fall down a rabbit hole entering a fantasy world populated by peculiar and anthropomorphic creatures It represents the child s struggle to survive in the confusing world and of adults and their seemingly arbitrary behaviour To understand this world Alice has to overcome the open mindedness that is characteristic for children In The Freedom Theatre s adaptation of the story Alice escapes a reality of poverty oppression and conservatism where she is constrained to doing chores in the home into a new Wonderland where she meets fantastic characters who reflect and challenge her previous life experiences Through her encounters Alice reflects upon her own identity as she is continuously forced to question what she considers right and wrong normal and abnormal The Freedom Theatre has already been joined by a large number of highly professional international volunteers who are sharing their time and expertise to make the play a memorable experience for the thousands of Palestinian children we hope will be able to see it Directed by Juliano Mer Khamis Palestine Zoe Lafferty United Kingdom Production Manger and Light Designer Jacob Gough United Kingdom Stage Manager Adnan Nagnagie Palestine Dramaturgy Udi Aloni USA Costume Designers Paulina Almeida Portugal Anke Kalk Germany Set Designers Linn Reinius and Gunnar Bergsten Sweden Guest Actors Micaela Miranda Portugal Nabeel Alare e Palestine The production of Alice in Wonderland

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  • November 2010 | The Freedom Theatre
    a Donation Host an Event Volunteer Work with us VOICES MAGAZINE LIVE STREAM DONATE FRIENDS SUPPORTERS France Germany Portugal Scotland Sweden UK USA Supporters عربي Home News Newsletters November 2010 November 2010 Open publication Free publishing More palestine 2010 11 01 Admin Share tweet Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Name Email Website Comment Subscribe to our Newsletter indicates required Email Address Language English

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  • The Island – political drama at its best | The Freedom Theatre
    audience member The Freedom Theatre s latest production The Island opened to a packed house on Thursday March 7 in Jenin Refugee Camp The Deputy Minister of Prisons from the Jenin PA came to see the play and brought a group of former political prisoners and their families to the opening One of the former prisoners had been in prison for 27 years The Island is a South African apartheid era drama that takes place in a prison and revolves around two cellmates Mukhtar and Imam who spend their days at mind numbing physical labour and at night rehearse for a performance of Sophocles Antigon e The Freedom Theatre s adaptation of The Island reflects the experiences of Palestinian political prisoners and the abuses within the Israeli prison system The play also highlights the parallels between apartheid South Africa and Palestine today The Island is directed by The Freedom Theatre s Artistic Director Gary M English who is also a Professor of Drama at the University of Connecticut in the United States The Island is political drama at its best with political ideas embedded within the characters and their experience It is universal in its themes including the tragedy of those who anyway in the world are unjustly imprisoned for purely political reasons beliefs or for simply speaking out against injustice During the climatic scene when Muhktar says How do I count my days 1 another day comes 1 another day comes the audience and particularly the former prisoners broke into applause Theatre that matters is alive and well in Jenin The free performances of The Island continue through Wednesday March 13 The play will tour Sweden Norway Brazil and the US later this year The Freedom Theatre dedicates this play to Samer Issawi and all other Palestinian political prisoners

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  • Admin | The Freedom Theatre | Page 7
    village of Al Walajah we will hear personal stories about this community s struggle for freedom dignity and justice The Freedom Bus crew and Dar Qandeel will turn each story into a piece of improvised theatre Talha Alali Wise Wolf will also be a featured act at this event Join Read More Stories From The Intifadaقصص من الانتفاضة 8 April 2012 When Tuesday April 10th 5 7 pm Where The Freedom Theatre Jenin Refugee Camp People from Jenin will share personal accounts about their experiences during and after the first and second intifada The Freedom Bus crew and accompanying musicians will turn each story into a piece of improvised theatre Stories from the Intifada on Facebook The Freedom Bus an initiative of The Read More Demonstration Remembering Juliano 28 March 2012 One year after the murder of Juliano Mer Khamis The murderer has not been found Four powerful security agencies are responsible for the investigation For finding answers to who murdered Juliano and why So that justice can prevail After one year of fruitless investigations We demand results We demand justice What Demonstration When 4 April 2012 at 11 00 Where Palestinian Read More Photography Workshop in Faquaa 22 March 2012 On Tuesday March 20th Saja Aeman and Manar students from the photography workshop went to the local village of Faquaa to give a photography lesson to local children providing them with the tools necessary to document their experience as it pertains to water Additionally a group of children from Gaza were selected to photograph the water issues they face in their daily lives Read More In Solidarity with Hana Shalabi 11 March 2012 The girls in the photography workshop organized a demonstration in Jenin in support for the immediate release of Hana Shalabi a 29 year old woman from

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